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Liberal Democrats will allow drugs

12:17 Sep/10/2014

The Liberal Democrats are considering the decriminalisation of all drugs for personal use.

The UK political party is also open to allowing cannabis to be sold on the open market.

The ideas are part of a policy paper that's due to be discussed at the Lib Dem conference next month and come as the party begins to gear up for the 2015 election campaign.

The paper says the Lib Dems would implement a model similar to that in use in Portugal, which decriminalised drugs for personal use in 2000. It also says that the party welcomes the regulated sale of cannabis as seen in Uruguay and some states in the US.

As the Guardian reports, the Lib Dems current party line is that it would not send people to prison for being caught in possession of drugs for personal use.

The party's leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: "There are lots of experiments in US states, countries in south America, Portugal, which are doing a number of different things. What we are saying is we will look at it, we will look at what the evidence shows works … Drugs policy has been blighted in this country by kneejerk prejudice and the wish to appear tough rather than doing what actually works. If other countries develop strategies that show real results, let's look at that."

The Lib Dems are no strangers to progressive drugs policy; in the run up to the 2010 general election, they were in favour of decriminalising cannabis.

Source: mixmag.net

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